Nick Kingham retired the first nine batters he faced and allowed two hits in four innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-1, Wednesday in Fort Myers.
Designated hitter Colin Moran went 2 for 2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Rightfielder J.B. Shuck and first baseman Jose Osuna also added two hits apiece for the Pirates.
The nationally televised ESPN broadcast featured in-game interviews with the Cora brothers; Joey is third base coach for the Pirates and Alex is manager for the Red Sox.
Moran singled to right to drive in Jung Ho Kang for a 1-0 lead, then scored on Kevin Newman’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Moran drew a walk in the third and scored again on Kevin Kramer’s single to right to make it 3-0.
Second baseman Alfredo Reyes had an RBI single in the seventh to make it 4-1. Third baseman Ke’Bryan added an RBI double in the eighth, giving him seven extra-base hits this spring.
Jordan Lyles is scheduled to start against right-hander Mike Wright when the Pirates play the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. Thursday in Bradenton, which will be broadcast on AT&T Sportsnet and 93.7 The Fan. Francisco Liriano, Nick Burdi, Alex McRae and Brandon Waddell also are expected to pitch for the Pirates.
Jameson Taillon will throw a simulated game.